The Danish National Board of Health admitted that vaccinating children for COVID-19 was a mistake.
“We have become wiser, and we would not do the same today,” says Søren Brostrøm, Director General of the Danish Health Authority and Executive Board of the World Health Organization.
“With the knowledge we have today, we did not get much out of having children vaccinated against coronavirus last year.”
Brostrøm, acknowledged this on Wednesday, when the nation’s future COVID-19 strategy was presented.
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“Søren Brostrøm, Director General of the Danish Health Authority, when asked whether it was a mistake to vaccinate children: “With what we know today: yes. With what we knew then: no, was the answer.”
Tv2 reported (translated):
From mid-July last year, the first 12-15-year-old children in Denmark were invited to receive a vaccine against coronavirus. In November, the 5-11-year-olds were also recommended to be vaccinated against the virus.
At the time, it was said that the vaccinations were not predominantly for the children’s own sake, but to ensure epidemic control in Denmark.
When Søren Brostrøm hosted ‘Go’ evening Live ‘on TV 2 on Wednesday night, he was asked if it was a mistake to vaccinate children.
– With what we know today: yes. With what we knew then: no, was the answer.
At the press conference earlier Wednesday, Søren Brostrøm also said that in the spring it was clear that the vaccines were not particularly preventive, but rather prevented serious illness, and that we must therefore now “take the learning further”:
– In retrospect, we did not get much out of the expansion of the vaccination program for children when it comes to epidemic control. But it is seen in hindsight.
An “unjustified hard pressure on the parents”
Christine Stabell Benn, clinical professor at the University of Southern Denmark, has long been critical of the coronary vaccination of children. She had no doubt that the recommendation was unnecessary, already when Denmark went it alone and recommended them to the age group 12-15 years last summer.
– We had some vaccines with a very unknown side effect profile, and at the same time we had some children who had nothing to gain by being vaccinated, she says to TV 2.
As the National Board of Health itself has expressed that there were many uncertainties about whether it was the right decision, she also believes that the board should have adjusted the strength of their campaign. She urges the board to reconsider whether there was really a reason to “put so much pressure on the parents” to get the children vaccinated:
– In addition, children were made responsible for the health of their parents and grandparents. That, I think, is unreasonable, says Christine Stabell Benn and continues:
– I think there are a lot of parents left out there who say, “What was this all about?” There are many parents who have really struggled to get their children dragged down to the vaccination center, but to what use?
Dr. Bolette Friderichsen, chairman of the Danish Society for General Medicine, believes the plan “must therefore also include in the plan that we can achieve natural immunity through infection, because that kind of immunity “lasts longer” and involves a low risk for healthy children.”
Brostrøm included this message for parents:
In ‘Go’ aften Live ‘, Søren Brostrøm came with a message to the parents who have let their children get the corona vaccine.
– I want to look all parents of children who have vaccinated their child in the eye and say: “You did the right thing and thank you for listening”. But at the same time – and this is the important thing to maintain confidence – I will admit and say that we have become wiser and we would not do the same today. And we will not do that in the future either, said Brostrøm.
While Denmark admits vaccinating children for COVID-19 was a mistake, the United States began giving these poisonous injections to babies as young as 6 months this week.